Santa Maria Dei Servi, Siena

The 13th-century Church of Santa Maria dei Servi in Siena is notable for its a fine Romanesque bell tower and famous fresco inside.

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History of Santa Maria Dei Servi

Santa Maria dei Servi was built in the 13th century and altered in the 15th and 16th centuries.

What to See at Santa Maria Dei Servi

The simple west facade of the church, with a single portal and a rose window, remains unfinished. The Romanesque campanile (13th century) has four orders of windows, increasing in number as they go up in order to enhance the effect of perspective. It was thoroughly restored in the 20th century.

Inside is a central nave flanked by two aisles and a number of notable artworks. On the right is the Madonna del Bordone (the Virgin and Child with two Angels) by Coppo di Marcovaldo (1261).

In the second chapel in the south transept is the famous Slaughter of the Innocents fresco by Pietro Lorenzetti (c. 1330). The altarpiece is Lippo Memmi's Madonna del Pópolo (c. 1317). Also notable are a Crucifix of the 14th century and a holy water stoup of the 13th century.

Quick Facts on Santa Maria Dei Servi

Site Information
Names:Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi · Santa Maria degli Servi · Santa Maria dei Servi
Country:Italy
Categories:churches
Styles:Romanesque
Dedication: Virgin Mary
Dates:13th C
Status: active
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:43.314543° N, 11.331652° E
Address:Prato di Sant'Agostino
Siena, Italy
53100
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References

  1. Personal visit (April 30, 2008).
  2. Loretta Santini, Siena: Guide with Plan, 85.
  3. Santa Maria del Servi - Planetware

More Information

Nave looking east, 13th century. Santa Maria dei Servi, Siena, Italy. © Holly Hayes
Detail of Slaughter of the Innocents fresco by Pietro Lorenzetti (c. 1330), second chapel in south transept.... © Holly Hayes
Marble stoup for holy water, 13th century. Santa Maria dei Servi, Siena, Italy. © Holly Hayes

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